LARNED — Life as he knew it changed forever, July 4, 2016 for Thomas Robison, a promising basketball player at Larned High School.
It took Robison a minute after a fireworks explosion to realize that he was seriously injured.
“I realized what had happened to me about a minute after the explosion happened,” he said. “I tried walking on it, but it did not go too well.”
Losing most of his foot, Robison has been unable to walk since that day. Robison has continued to attend high school classes, first on crutches, then using a scooter. Thomas has kept on academic track to graduate with his class in May.
Robison said he’s thankful that everyone has supported him through tough times.
“My accident changed my perspective on life totally around and just glad to be alive,” Robison said.
Robison has undergone several surgeries to prevent infection and to prepare him to be fitted with a special shoe so that he will be able to walk.
In order to help with Robison’s medical bills, the Larned Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will collect free-will offerings at their upcoming Courts of Faith Thursday at Larned Middle School.
Dessert and fellowship begins at 6 p.m. at Larned Middle School before the service which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Courts of Faith, which mirrors the FCA’s Fields of Faith national gathering, will feature a Larned High School praise band, accompnaied by Larned students reading scripture passages.
Barton County assistant basketball coach Dennan Morrow, a Larned High School alum and Indians basketball player, will be the featured speaker.
“I felt blessed and thankful when I found out FCA was sponsoring a fundraiser for me,” Robison said. “This fundraiser will help me get my prosthetic and continuing Therapy at the hospital. l truly appreciate everyone´s support and assistance!
The most difficult transition for Robison is missing his senior year playing basketball, his favorite activity.
“It’s been a tough year not being able to play on the court, and finnshing out my senior year,” he said. “Seeing my teammates struggling this year is hurting me, but all I can do is cheer them on and support them.”
Donations can be made with a Thomas Robison’s fundraiser notation to Larned High School, 815 Corse Ave., Larned, KS, 67550.